Definition of fist in English:


Syllabification: fist
Pronunciation: /fist


A person’s hand when the fingers are bent in toward the palm and held there tightly, typically in order to strike a blow or grasp something.
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  • He clenched his fists tightly, nails digging into his palms.
  • He clenched his fists so tightly that he broke the skin on his palms.
  • He clenched his fists tightly and shook his head slowly from side to side.
clenched hand
informal duke, mitt


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1 [with object] Hit with or as with the fists or a fist: a fastball he fisted into left field
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  • When a breaking ball fell to the full forward his rasping shot came off the crossbar but he was alert to fist the rebound to the net.
  • When we arrived, the shooters were usually standing around fisting beer cans and comparing their overall performances that season.
  • McConville's kick fell short, but Barry O'Hagan managed to help it on its way, fisting it over the bar.
2 (also fist-fuck) [with object] vulgar slang Penetrate (a person’s anus or vagina) with one’s fist.


Old English fȳst; related to Dutch vuist and German Faust.


make a —— fist of (or at)

informal Do something to the specified degree of success: I think he’s made a good fist of it
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  • And I knew I could do things, and I applied for about 60 jobs out of the paper that I thought I would make a good fist of.
  • And the fact that the Irishman is apparently making a decent fist of that is forcing quite a few people in football to reconsider their judgment of the manager, if not of the man.
  • For a man whose first love is cricket, he isn't making a bad fist of professional rugby.



[in combination]: bare-fisted


Pronunciation: /-ˌfo͝ol/
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  • Diana was once again clutching huge fistfuls of his shirt.
  • A photo of a woman who is smiling broadly and clutching a fistful of dollars adorns the cover.
  • Children love to gather fistfuls of these beautiful little flowers and take them indoors to present them to parents or grandparents.

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